The Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Program


img_1176-alternateThat’s a question all of our children hear at graduation time.  Most are able to tell you which college they’re planning to attend. Others know when and where they’ll start their first full-time job.

But, if you are a teenager with disabilities, there are frequently no easy answers to this seemingly simple question about post-high school activities.

Now, with assistance from Cape Abilities, students with disabilities have the opportunity to create a plan for their future and make those exciting decisions about their career path.

Our Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) program has been developed to meet the critical need for increased services and supports for 14-22 year-old students with disabilities as they transition from high school into the world of work.


webpage-2-collageThe Pre-Employment Transition Services Program

This innovative approach will assist young men and women as they begin their journey toward employment and self-enrichment.  With funding from the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Cape Abilities is reaching students who are preparing to leave high school by providing them with instruction and community-based, employment internships that will open doors to future work opportunities.

In order to pave the way for employment and to be more marketable in the competitive workforce, the Pre-ETS program provides opportunities for students to refine their work habits and job readiness skills, receive individualized support on resume building and interviewing approaches and also obtain valuable work experience with community businesses.


Each program session is four months long and the timing of each student’s participation will be determined by the individual’s educational schedule.  Sessions times will vary; depending on the student, they might be held during school hours, after school hours and even during the summer.

There are no costs for this program.
It is funded through MRC as a special pre-employment transition service under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

Transportation to this program will be arranged by Cape Abilities.


Who can participate in this program?   To be eligible to receive Pre-ETS services, participants must be:

  1. An enrolled high school student with a disability that qualifies him/her for MRC vocational services
  2. Between the ages of 14 to 22 years
  3. Referred to Cape Abilities by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services area office

If you are a student with a disability and not currently a client of MRC, call the local MRC office at (508) 775-6173 and mention that you are interested in this program.  A member of their counseling staff will complete a short telephone questionnaire and then you will be assigned a counselor who will arrange an appointment to determine your eligibility.


The Pre-ETS Schedule – This program is provided over four months.  It is a progressive model that is individualized and tailored to each student’s needs.

  • During the first two months, each student’s skills, interests and personal vocational goals will be assessed. The remainder of the time will be spent on job exploration counseling, job interviewing and workplace readiness training in either individual or small group sessions.
  • During the final two months, the student will be placed in a paid work-based learning experience with community employers. These placements will be based on individual choice and vocational training needs.  Pre-ETS staff will provide supervision and support for the student during this work experience, provide the student with ongoing feedback and develop a report for the IEP team upon completion of the program.


For complete program information, please contact:
Jamie Crowell, Pre-ETS Coordinator
895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis Ma 02601
Phone: (508) 776-9826;